Category: Latin America

FOUNDER 0F LIBERATION THEOLOGY DISCUSSES TENSION WITH CHURCH AT BOOK LAUNCHING

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For decades, many liberation theologians globally have lived with a looming possibility: One day, a letter could arrive from the Vatican contesting their work, even calling it heretical or anti-Christian.

Mounting a defense could take years, with long, confidential letters sent back and forth to the Vatican’s powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. For lay people, non-compliance could mean losing university tenure. For priests, brothers, and sisters, it could mean an order of silence or even removal from your religious order. Read More:

With Vatican doctrinal czar, liberation theology pioneer reflects on troubles | National Catholic Reporter

Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez – Founder of Liberation Theology – Honored at Vatican

When I decided to study Liberation Theology in 1987 in Lima Peru, with Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez,some wondered about my vocation, and others questioned my orthodoxy. Fast forward to 2014, and here are the headlines in today’s press:

Founder of Liberation Theology Hailed at Vatican – ABC News.

Meet the Cardinal: Ricardo Ezzati Andrello – Santiago, Chile | Salt + Light Blog

 

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CNS) — Cardinal-designate Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago, Chile, said he would serve the church with “humility and simplicity” when he is elevated to cardinal in February.

The cardinal-designate also said although his name had been circulated as a potential candidate, the announcement that he was chosen along with 18 others by Pope Francis was “unexpected.”

“I’m the son of a simple family, a small business owner in a rural village. I always remember my origins, and I think this has helped me in much of my life,” Cardinal-designate Ezzati said Jan. 12, according to remarks provided to Catholic News Service by the Archdiocese of Santiago. Read More:Meet the Cardinal: Ricardo Ezzati Andrello – Santiago, Chile | Salt + Light Blog

Pope expresses his closeness to victims of flooding in Buenos Aires

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People wade through a flooded street after a rainstorm in Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 2. Affirming his closeness to his “beloved Argentine people,” Pope Francis offered his prayers for the victims of recent flooding in Buenos Aires and surrounding are as, and he urged government offices and private citizens to help those most in need.- CNS photo/Enrique Marcarian, Reuters

VATICAN CITY – Affirming his closeness to his READ FULL ARTICLE:

Pope expresses his closeness to victims of flooding in Buenos Aires

A Mass You’ll Never Forget

I was reviewing the links on the parish website (bvmparish.com) when an article on John Allen’s widget caught my eye. The title read: “In Brazil, one catholic mass you will never forget.” Intrigued, I clicked for the full article which described in great detail a Mass celebrated in an old factory by a Padre Marcelo Rossi. After reading the article, I googled the the good Padre and confirmed that he was a household name across Brazil with super-star status and rock star events. And, indeed, every age group(male and female) was responding, as the article stated.

I’m posting some links on Padre Rossi so that you can see what is happening in Brazil. I suspect you will have mixed reactions as did the readers of John Allen’s article which I post here for you to read also. Here is one video of many that you can view to sense the flavor, and here is another link to several videos. If you want more just google. Before you watch anything, I suggest you read about John Allen’s experience.

 

What do I think you may ask? Well, I too have mixed reactions, and I am still pondering the great human need that bursts forth periodically in the church for moments of great spiritual emotion and celebration. Does it change lives? Like everything else it really depends on the individual. Is this the way to go? Personally, I think I’ve been there and done that in other ways, today I’m in a different place. Where are you , and what do you think?

Conversion of a Continent

Conversion of a Continent

[Fr. Edward L. Cleary is a professor of political science and the director of Latin American studies at Providence College.]

 

Fr. Edward Cleary has just published a new book on faith, religion, and the Latin American people. It is a must read for all those interested in our brothers and sisters in this part of America. In the last forty years much has happened to undermine the faith of these staunchly catholic people. But, there are seeds of hope, and wonderful things happening that offer promise for the future of Christianity and the the Catholic Church in this part of the world. Although the Pentecostal Church has spear headed a major religious revival and recruited thousands of new members, Catholicism has become more dynamic and fostered a more committed faith response. Just listen to these statistics that Fr. Cleary reports:

In Honduras, the national seminary had an enrollment of 170 in 2007, an all-time high for a country where the total number of priests is slightly more than 400. Twenty years ago, there were fewer than 40 candidates. Bolivia saw the most remarkable increase; in 1972, the entire country had 49 seminarians, while in 2001 the number was 714, representing growth of 1,357 percent. Overall, seminarians in Latin America have increased 440 percent in the last two decades.